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   Posted 7/10/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably a stupid question but why do we have to be on a Low Residue Diet after a Colectomy? Will fresh fruits, salad...etc make you constipated or cause diarrhea or what is the problem? What makes them bad to eat at first?
Mary 26,Chronic Constipation
Colonoscopy: Polyps,Melanosis and long redundant colon, Sitz Marker: Colonic Inertia. Defecography:Rectocele and Enterocele, Anorectal Manometry:Normal, Pudendal Nerve Study:Normal, Gastric Emptying-20% at 4 hours, Small Bowel Followthrough:Reached the Cecum at 30 MINUTES!!
COLECTOMY 6/29 AT 1P.M.-Removing all of the Colon except rectum and 1 inch of Sigmoid Colon.

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   Posted 7/10/2011 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
The foods you mentioned are considered "ruffage" and are extra fibrous (not necessarily high in fiber though) and that makes them much harder for the body to digest. We are supposed to avoid them after surgery to give the intestines a break while we heal. These types of foods are more likely to cause blockages as well and often cause more gas which is more painful right after surgery not to mention just plain old annoying. So they don't cause constipation or diarrhea (although leafy greens cause me diarrhea) its just a matter of fibrous matter being unkind to healing tissue. Since they can cause blockages, they should be reintroduced one at a time so you can see how they affect you and remember to chew really well.
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11
-Takedown 6/13/11
I <3 my J-pouch!
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